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DudeORbro1
Level 4

Re: Inspiration

I haven't used thumbtack in a while I got really busy and didn't have time, so now I'm back .I'm still trying to figure out how to advertise my company here. Im sure I'll figure it out.
Michael Jay Roper
Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration

Hi @DudeORbro1 -  Welcome back! This thread is full of such inspiring stories - hope you had a chance to read some of them to give you some motivation as you get back into it!

If you've been gone for a while, I would suggest checking out the updated content in our Help Center - to ensure you can be as successful as possible on Thumbtack (as things have changed a bit in the last few months)! 

Also, be sure to post questions here in the online forum for advice and suggestions from other successful pros, and of course, from our team!

We are here for you, let us know if you need anything! And best of luck!!

Dusti

1freeBird
Level 4

Re: Inspiration

Hello all, are usually don’t respond to these types of things with my personal information but after reading several of the other inspirational stories, I had to respond because so many of the other stories moved me in many ways.
My name is John Callahan I own Atlantic coast contractors out of Newport News Virginia, primarily I am an HVAC business but also have expanded into plumbing and electrical services.
About five years ago I found myself leaving my wife of 29 years walking away from the six figure corporate job and living On a job site in a tin can! (Camper RV). I was depressed,, lost And lonely. A friend of mine who flips houses knew of my talents and give him my situation I think took pity on me and told me I could do all aspects of Remodeling his house he intended on flipping. I had at least a few months of work and some income coming in. Once I realize the work there was nearing its end another friend of mine told me about Thumbtack. I mediately signed up. Within a couple of weeks my phone dinged at 5 o’clock in the morning with a new opportunity from Thumbtack. I am mediately responded with one eye open. The customer replied back and we set up an appointment to meet so that I could give her an estimate on two central HVAC systems she wanted to replace in her home. I met with her gave her a free estimate and within a couple of weeks she hired me to do the job. From the first day I met her until the end of the job we had several conversations during in which she had made me dinner and learned a lot about each other's life story. I left my ex-wife and told myself I would never get into another serious relationship and especially never get married again. Today I have been married to this amazing woman for over three years, she has saved my life in so many ways! All of a sudden I was Thriving on Thumbtack! Currently I am a top pro, have 221 five star reviews and I dominate my marketplace in my business category through Thumbtack. many people measure success with the opportunities to make money, and the last several years I have made a lot of money am I only marketing efforts are through thumbtack. Yes making money is nice and I have worked hard to build my profile through Thumtack. But if it had not been for the fact that I have met my wife through Thumbtack., I would not consider myself successful at all no matter how much money I made. My wife thanks Thumbtack. every day for me showing up at her front door. I am happier than I have ever been in my life and I think Thumbtack. for that. There’s no way of measuring success without measuring your happiness first!
Moderator
Moderator

Re: Inspiration

@1freeBird thank you so much for taking the time to write up and share your inspiring story. It's incredible to hear and see the amazing things that can be done through such a simple tool when in the hands of remarkable and determined people.

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Re: Inspiration

 What an amazing story Dusty! I had no idea you went through that, and I know what you mean, family is also my biggest motivator! 

When we first started to develop our "brand" and website I was hesitant to put our story out there for the fear of being judged by customers who may not agree with us or not take me seriously for being a women in a non-traditional trade. As time went on I realized how ridiculous that was because our stories really are what draws people to us and their ability to relate to you and not just a company name. After we embraced our uniqueness and our story and started sharing it with the world we've been overwhelmed with the positive response. We've learned that people really like working with people they can relate to and really care about making sure their experience is a great one. It is so rewarding to be able to do something you love and have fun doing it! To me just hearing all of the other pros out there who have overcome obstacles to follow their dreams is incredibly inspirational. 

Everyone has to start somewhere and its important to always remember that success doesn't happen overnight, but anything is possible when you put your mind and heart to it, and most importantly when you stay true to yourself! Don't listen to the nay sayers or debbie downers, usually those are the ones too scared to take a risk to do what you're doing.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration

@Sarah-Rooforia I love this. I'm so happy that you embraced your story and went with it. 

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

     Hi, my name is JaNae Thomas. I am from Houston, Texas (the best city in the world!) I have my own mobile bartending business called Glamorous Drinks in Los Angeles, Califorinia. I orginally moved to Los Angeles, in hopes of being your next E! News Correspondent. I just knew that was my destiny and nothing could stop that. Well, if you have ever heard or know anything about Hollywood, you know behind the glitz and glam is a lot of hard work to get to the top. For the first 2 years of me living in Los Angeles, I juggled about 3 different jobs at the same time.  I was a bartender at a night club part time, waitress at a famous restaurant on Sunset fulltime, and I had started my own mobile bartending business on Thumbtack. I didn't think much of it at first until 2 years in someone tells me, "Hey, you know I googled you and you have one of the top rated mobile bar services in Los Angeles." Immediately I was in shock. Well to make a long story shorter, I really could barely focus on my entertainment corresponding because I worked so much! Then God sent his divine idea to me that if I just focus on my business fulltime I could be even more successful than what I already was.  Then, I would have more time to host red carpets here and there.  Thank God I listened! Here I am today, a Top Pro on Thumbtack with one of the most thriving luxury mobile bar services in Los Angeles. I am so thankful to be able to employ people like myself with a dream trying to hustle in Los Angeles. In a world where racism is sometimes scooped under the rug, It remains at the forefront of the night life industry in Hollywood. I do my best to give opportunities to people of color who may have like me come from a city where they didn't have a problem getting hired at the most popular spots. It reknews their confindence after being told," No" over and over.   And that dream of being a E! News Correspondent, well it didn't completely die. I am now working on my on show concept that will incorporate me interviewing some of my favorite people while, simultaneously, incorporating my business. I am so thankful to Marco for creating thumbtack and also thankful to the people behind the Thumbtack scenes, Dusti, Jason, Hannah, Alex, and so many many others that help ensure our daily success. That's my story! I hope I didn't bore you! Please feel free to comment and share your story! IMG_0512.JPG

Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Inspiration - Tell us your story.

@GlamorousDrinks Janae! I love your story so much - I love that you just went with it and now you are thriving! Life doesn't always go the way we expect, but it's great when we can adapt and find different successes than we ever dreamed of.

Thank you!

Dusti

Stagedc
Level 5

Go Girl!!!!

Your story is amazing and inspiring!! From one black woman to another, I’m really proud of you!! Keep reaching your dreams!!!!
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JenMilam
Level 5

Bravo!

@GlamorousDrinks JaNae, that was not boring at all! I could read stories like yours all day long!
So excited for what you have created and all of the ambition you still have to create even more success. Keep pushing yourself and you won’t ever be disappointed ;0).
Congrats on all of your success!!